Program Highlights

 

Director:

Dr. Ethel G. Jones
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The School of Human Ecology has been an integral part of Louisiana Tech University since the university was founded in 1894.  The School’s programs were the first offered in its disciplines in the state. 

 

Currently, The School of Human Ecology houses one graduate program in Nutrition and Dietetics, one graduate certificate program in Dietetics, a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship, and three undergraduate programs:  Family and Child Studies, Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies, and Nutrition and Dietetics. 

 

The following data represents enrollment, retention, graduation, and licensing/certification performance indicators for the School of Human Ecology over the most recent five-year reporting periods.

Enrollment

The following table represents the 5 year enrollment date for The School of Human Ecology’s current undergraduate and graduate degree programs:

 

Fall 2012-13

Fall 2013-14

Fall 2014-15

Fall 2015-16

Fall 2016-17

Family and Child Studies

109

121

134

139

145

Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies

32

36

34

39

49

Nutrition and Dietetics – BS

67

70

67

59

73

Nutrition and Dietetics – MS

48

40

46

57

44

TOTAL

256

267

281

294

 311

Retention

Over the past 5 academic years (2011-2016), the overall retention rate for the undergraduate programs in the School of Human Ecology is 88.9%.

Academic Year

Total Undergraduate Enrollment

Student Attrition

Retention Rate

2011-2012

184

35

80.97%

2012-2013

208

22

89.42%

2013-2014

227

15

93.39%

2014-2015

235

30

87.23%

2015-2016

237

19

91.9%

5-year Totals

1091

121

88.9%

Years to Graduation

 

Total Graduates

Students Graduating in Less than 4 years

Students Graduating in

4 years

Students Graduating 4.25-5 years

Students Graduating 5.25-6 years

Students Graduating in more than 6 years

Average Years to Graduation

2015-2016

Graduates*

46

20 (43.5%)

2 (4.3%)

16 (34.8%)

7 (15.2%)

1 (2.2%)

4.2

2014-2015 Graduates*

44

6 (13.6%)

26 (59.1%)

9 (20.5%)

3 (6.8%)

0

4.1

2013-2014 Graduates*

47

9 (19.1%)

19 (40.4%)

12 (25.5%)

5 (10.6%)

2 (8.5%)

4.3

2012-2013 Graduates*

29

3 (10.4%)

11 (37.9%)

13 (44.8%)

2 (6.9%)

0

4.4

2011-2012 Graduates*

49

6 (12.3%)

15 (30.6%)

16 (32.6%)

10 (20.4%)

2 (4.1%)

4.6

5-year totals*

215

44 (20.5%)

73 (34%)

66 (30.7%)

27 (12.6%)

5 (2.2%)

4.3

*excludes external transfer students

Licensing, Certifications, and Credentialing

The School of Human Ecology houses a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) as well as a Dietetic Internship (DI).

  • In 2016, eleven DPD students applied to dietetic internships, with 9 being accepted.   This acceptance rate (82%) is above the national average (51%)
  • Over the past 5 years, the DPD program has had 42 students take the RD exam with 30 passing on the first attempt.
    (71% first time pass rate)
  • In the past 5 years, the Dietetic Internship (DI) program has had 86 students take the RD exam with 69 passing on the first attempt.
    (80.2% pass rate)

The School of Human Ecology also houses a Family and Child Studies Program. Although the national organizations do not release test results data, graduates are eligible to pursue the following certifications:

  • Certified Child Life Specialist (Family and Child Studies graduates with concentrations in Child Life)
  • Certified Family Life Educator (Family and Child Studies graduates with concentration in Family Science)